Costa’s goal gives Mac OUA soccer playoff win

The McMaster Marauders men’s soccer team defeated the University of Guelph, 3-2, in an Ontario University Athletics playoff game Wednesday at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.

McMaster third-year English and History major Anthony Costa (Stoney Creek) scored the Marauders’ third goal in a five-player shootout for the victory. The game was tied 2-2 after overtime, sending it to a shootout. McMaster scored three times in the shootout, while the Gryphons were held to two goals.

In regulation, Guelph’s Arthur Berlin (Aurora) got things going early scoring the first goal at the 11-minute mark. Off a rebound from a McMaster player, Berlin scored by volleying the ball in the top left corner.

In the opening seconds of the second half, Gryphon goaltender Adam Javanovick (Kitchener) made a great diving save to keep the Marauders off the scoreboard. McMaster tied up the game when Costa scored in the 64th minute. Costa netted the goal after Javanovick attempted a save and the ball rebounded off him and into Costa’s range, where he didn’t hesitate scoring the tying goal.

McMaster coach Dino Perri was ejected from the game in the 83rd minute after McMaster played too many men on the field, and Perri objected to the officials call.

In overtime, Guelph rookie Robbie Murphy (Ottawa) scored in the 103rd minute, giving Guelph the 2-1 lead. McMaster goalie Milan Duvnjak (Hamilton) came out to play the ball, and Murphy beat his player and netted the ball directly over the goalie into the net.

Three minutes later, McMaster’s Aaron Boothe (Whitby) tied up the game 2-2 after booting a 25-yard shot in the top right corner sending the game into a shootout.

In the shootout the Marauders outscored the Gryphons 3-2 for the win with Andrew Pastoric (Oakville, Ont), Aaron Boothe and Anthony Costa (Stoney Creek, Ont) netting the game winner.